Saturday, July 3, 2010
Fritz is Startled
Yesterday, when our nice PM barn lady brought Fritz in from the pastures and put him in his stall, he immediately was alarmed and tried to bolt back out the stall door. We figured he might have seem someone walking by outside his window, so she led him out there and I followed. No people. So we looked around - Fritz is one of those horses who is very sensitive to anything in his environment that looks different - he's the one who'll notice the bucket that wasn't there before, or a newly overturned water tank, and spook at it. It took us a moment, but then we saw it - there were some hoses that had been hung from a hook under the eaves, and he could see them from the window. He wasn't at all worried about them while he was outside. But from his stall, they were New and therefore Very Scary. I took them off the hook, and when he went back into his stall, he glanced out the window - no hoses - and began to calmly eat his hay. A minor horse mystery solved!